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League Update 25

LJW Update – No. 25

As I write this newsletter, we are once again waiting for new instructions from the Government to fight this second wave of Covid-19. Here in Redbridge, we have the highest rate of infection in the London area and we are expecting daily to be lockdown although, hopefully, it won’t be so severe as the first time, although our friends in the North West Region and Leicester have had to live under these restrictions for some time.

Sally Bass in Manchester recommended two books –
HAMNET by Maggie O’Farrel – A novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

COUSINS by Sally Vickers – Told through the eyes of three women close to Will – his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, Cousins is a novel weaving darkness and light which takes us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day, exploring the recurrence of tragedy, the nature of transgression, and the limits of morality and love.

She also suggested starting a LJW Book Club.

When you read a good book, it is wonderful to be able to discuss it with others and it is always interesting how each person visualises characters and how opinions differ on the merit of a book.

This would be easy to set up using Zoom. The initial meeting would be to set the rules. For example, who would choose the book and would you have a rota (alphabetically by surname?) for doing this, how often would you meet, what time of day and even the length of the meeting, etc.

Interested? Let me know and I will set up the initial book club meeting by Zoom. It doesn’t matter where you live. It only matters that you love to read. (Email at the bottom of the page).

So this will lead me onto the next stage. Della Donn, also from the North West Region, suggested that some members may like to learn how to use Zoom. So here are some very basic instructions and the more you use Zoom, the more confident you will be.

Firstly, you need to go to the AppStore and download the app on your phone, ipad, laptop or computer – or all of them. It is free. It will only take a few minutes and worth doing well in advance but, most importantly, your device should have a camera and microphone so you can be seen and heard. If you only have a microphone, you can only be heard.

If you are invited to join a Zoom meeting then go to the email containing the invitation and just click on the link. The link is the information underlined as shown in the example below. It will look like this –

Yvonne Brent is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic:LJW Book Club
Time:Oct 8, 2020 10:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86883315984?pwd=RU1nV242TS9sT2kzbGpheUcyRmlKZz09

Meeting ID: 868 8331 5984
Passcode: 981162

The Meeting ID and Password need only be used if you are on the Zoom homepage and click ‘join a meeting’ and then you would enter that information.

When the screen appears, there is a microphone symbol and a video symbol. For other people to hear you, the microphone symbol must not have a red line going through it. If it has, you will need to click on it to remove it and the same with the video otherwise you cannot be seen by other attendees.

I hope this information is of help but I take no personal responsibility. Failing all of the above, ask a teenager !!!!!

Please all be just that little more careful to stay safe.

9th October 2020

The LJW